Spend a Night at the Museums in Lower Manhattan on June 25th
National Archives at New York City
Visit the National Archives at New York City on June 25th and spend a Night at the Museums in Lower Manhattan. The museums and historic landmarks of Lower Manhattan are an American treasure. Explore one of the most diverse and concentrated groups of museums in the world – all within comfortable walking distance of each other. This annual event takes place rain or shine.
National Archives at New York City connects visitors to our nation’s history. This year, our theme is Revolutionaries and Rights and the historic strides taken throughout history. Engage with costumed historical interpreters throughout the building. Stop into our Learning Center to discover many of the national treasures of New York, go on an “Archival Adventure” and pull archival facsimile documents off the shelves. In the Welcome Center, view original documents and the new exhibit New York on the Record: Rightfully Hers about women and the right to vote. In the Research Center, begin a journey into family history research/genealogy by examining immigrant arrivals (including Ellis Island), federal census and naturalization (citizenship) records, plus so much more.
Activities run from 4:00pm-7:45pm and include:
Second Floor/Rotunda Area:
- Stop by the National Archives "Historic Strides for Women" Photo Booth for photos and fun! (Ongoing 4:00pm-7:45pm)
- Meet with Matthew Henson, (portrayed by Keith Henley) arctic explorer and one time U.S. Custom Employee at the U.S. Custom House at One Bowling Green, NY. (Ongoing 4:00pm-7:45pm)
*6:30pm Human Timeline of Women's Rights. Meet in the Rotunda around 6:30 pm to help us form a human timeline about the fight for Women's Rights.
- Visit the Learning Center to hear the many voices of America's women and the fight for equal rights.
- 4:00pm "Abigal Adams - Remember the Ladies" (portrayed by Kim Hanley)
- 4:45pm "Carrie Chapman Catt and The League of Women Voters!" (portrayed by Pat Jordan)
- 5:30pm "Alice Paul -Not Ourselves but the Cause: The Fight for Woman Suffrage" (portrayed by Taylor Williams, Esq.
- 7:00pm Carrie Chapman Catt and Alice Paul debate how women can get the right to vote. (portrayed by Pat Jordan and Taylor Williams, Esq.)
- Stop by our hallway lobby traveling exhibit, "One Half of the People: Advancing Women's Rights."
- Step into our Welcome Center to view the new exhibit “New York on the Record: Rightfully Hers" about women and the right to vote.
- Visit our Research Center to begin your family history research or just explore the records the National Archives holds in trust for the American people.
This event is made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation through the generous support of the Hearst Foundations.
All events listed in the calendar are free unless noted.